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Las Vegas Market to host Housewares Awards

Las Vegas Market has announced it will host the 12th edition of the Housewares Design Awards in 2017 to recognise product design excellence in 12 categories

Las Vegas Market has announced a new partnership with HomeWorld Business to host the 12th edition of the Housewares Design Awards during the Winter 2017 Las Vegas Market.

The venerable Housewares Design Awards will recognise excellence in 12 core housewares categories and will introduce a new 13th award recognising an individual or agency for exceptional product design.

“Las Vegas Market is pleased to partner with HomeWorld Business to present the Housewares Design Awards – after its brief hiatus – while we continue our rapid expansion of gift-oriented housewares resources showcased at Las Vegas Market,” says Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. 

“As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market continually seeks innovative ways to spotlight exceptional products in the industries we serve.”

Las Vegas Market will host an awards presentation ceremony on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, during which winners of the 2017 Housewares Design Awards will be announced and finalists will be recognised. To generate awareness of the upcoming Awards, Las Vegas Market will install a photographic retrospective of past Award-winning products on C11 during the Summer 2016 Market; and a special display spotlighting the 2017 finalist and award-winning products will be featured on C11 during the Winter 2017 Market.

Products available to consumers from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016, are eligible for the 2017 Housewares Design Awards. The 12 existing competition categories are:

• Cookware & Bakeware
• Countertop Cooking & Beverage Appliances
• Countertop Food Prep Appliances
• Countertop Kitchenware
• Cutlery & Cutting Tools
• Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances
• Gadgets & Kitchen Tools
• Home Environment Appliances
• Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning
• Home & Outdoor Décor
• Personal, Health & Garment Care
• Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware

A new 13th “Designer” category will be added, recognizing an individual or agency for product design excellence. Las Vegas Market and HomeWorld Business jointly will identify and select the recipient of this new Designer Award, and that honoree will be invited to speak at the awards presentation ceremony.

“We look forward to expanding Las Vegas Market’s recognition of leading designers – through our long-standing events like Design Icon – to include housewares product designers,” says Dorothy. “Based on our depth of furniture resources, not just at Las Vegas Market but also in High Point, we also expect our involvement in the competition will result in a significant gain in both interest and applications to the competition’s Home & Outdoor Category.”

Applications for the 2017 Housewares Design Awards, which will be available in early August, are due October 24, 2016. A panel of judges consisting of approximately 12 designers, educators, retailers and consumer editors will meet in Las Vegas in November 2016 to test, review and rate the products for the 2017 Awards. Judging criteria are: Appropriate aesthetics; Innovative materials and technology; User benefits (i.e., performance, comfort, ease of use, safety); and Marketability.

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